Robert B. Smith
Beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away
on Wednesday, April 9 at age 89. Dr. Smith was a long-time summer
resident of Beaver Island, from 1952-1988. He was born on October
16, 1913 in Andong, Korea, the son of medical missionaries, Roy
K. and Lura M. Smith. He goes to join his beloved wife Elaine
M. Smith, whom he married in 1941 and who predeceased him in 1984.
He was a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids
and Spring River Presbyterian Church in Arkansas.
Dr. Smith served as an Army physician in Europe during World
War II and practiced internal medicine for 35 years in Grand Rapids.
He was an expert in Japanese and Korean stamps, an enthusiastic
rock hound and silversmith. After retirement he volunteered at
a hospital in Arkansas, and began an indulgence of an artistic
streak. Surviving are his son and daughter, Stephen M. and Sherrill
L. Smith; his grandson and granddaughter, Kevin M. and Katherine
L. Smith; his brother, Albert M. Smith and sister-in-law, Mary
Smith. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, and by his
brothers, Kenneth and Rodger Smith.
Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service at
the Beaver Island Protestant Cemetery on June 14.
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